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What to Look for When Hiring a Musician

The right musician can make or break an event. You want music that fits the vibe you’re going for, captivates an audience, and makes your event one to remember.

If you’re wondering what things to consider when you go to hire a musician, keep reading for a quick overview of all the essentials.

Genre of Music

The first thing you’ll want to decide is what sort of music you’re looking for. Are you hiring a musician to play the piano during a business brunch? Or maybe you’re looking for a guitarist for a private event, or even a cover band for a themed party.

Knowing what genre of music the musician should be skilled in will help you narrow your options immediately.

Date Availability

Another way to create a realistic shortlist of potential musicians is to see who is available for your event’s date.

Know the date and time of the event before you start researching musicians, if possible. This way you can ask your live music option if they’re free, and if they’re already booked on this date, you can cross them off the list.

Many musicians book up months (and years!) in advance, so start early.


When choosing a musician, another factor that’s important to many people is the artist’s personality.

Are they friendly and energetic? Do they have a warm and fun stage presence? Finding out the answers to these questions (often by doing things like watching videos of them performing or reading reviews) will tell you a lot about what it will be like to work with them.


Know your budget before you start looking into different musicians. Rates for different musicians will differ depending on many factors, like where they’re located, how skilled and popular they are, or how many band members are needed.

By having an idea of what you can spend, you’ll be able to easily say whether a musician is an option when they tell you their pricing.

Examples of Live Performances

You’ll want to figure out if you like how a musician performs live in order to decide if you want to book them.

To find examples of live performances, look for a promotional video they may have displayed on their website. Social media pages are another great way to find a musician’s live performances, whether it’s through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or TikTok.

Details and Must-Haves

Make a list of all the expectations you have for your potential hired musician. Going over this list with the musician will be important for deciding whether to hire them.

Communication is key when it comes to event planning. Does the musician answer all of your questions thoroughly, respond quickly, and communicate in a professional manner? This will make a huge difference in the success of the event.

Hire a Musician People Will Love

Now you know what to focus on when you go to hire a musician. With a little research and planning, you’ll be enjoying stellar live music in no time.

If you’re looking to hire musical talent, whether it’s for a wedding, nightclub, college, coffee shop, or another venue, we’re here to help. Reach out to us for more information on how we can find the right musician for your event.




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